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Bangkok’s Favorite Color

pink eggs in Bangkok
Pink eggs are EVERYWHERE. Apparently they’re colored to signify that they are “preserved” as opposed to fresh.
A local street vendor sports a hot pink apron.
A local street vendor sports a hot pink apron.
pink napkins
These little slips of pink feel less like napkins and more like toilet paper. They come in a white variety too and often serve as paper towel substitutes in bathrooms. Imagine trying to dry your hands with this stuff….
Pink umbrella in Bangkok
Pink umbrella
Pink taxi in Bangkok
Who says taxis have to be yellow? Here, they come in green, blue, pink, yellow, and mixed. πŸ™‚ Buses too!
Pink hat in Bangkok
It’s too hot for hats. Unless they are pink.
Pink car in Bangkok
Sporty and pink.
Me wearing pink in Bangkok
And finally, me wearing Bangkok’s Favorite Color on a jaunt around the MBK and Art and Culture Center, often cited as the “center of the city”

Bangkok is saturated by bright blues, greens, oranges, yellows, and of course, pinks. Why so bright, Bangkok? It’s not just for fun; in fact, the colors here have meaning.

Each day of the week is associated with a certain color:

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_of_the_day. I think Saturday can be “purple” too.

Your lucky color depends on what day of the week you’re born on. Because the king of Thailand, King Bhumibol, was reputedly born on a Monday, yellow reigned as the celebrated royal color for many years. Recently, however, there has been confusion over the day of his birth – it has been argued he was in fact born on a Tuesday since he was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the time difference would mean it was a Tuesday back in Thailand.

Either way, yellow took a back seat to pink after the political unrest involving the aptly-named Yellow Shirts versus the Red Shirts starting in 2006. The meaning of both the colors red and yellow became further convoluted by the riots and, after emerging from the hospital sporting a pink shirt and blazer, the king set a new pink precedent that brings us to where we are today.

Pink is neutral. Pink is safe. Pink is, as far as I can tell, Bangkok’s Favorite Color.

For more (and credit to):

Thai King Sparks Pink Shirt Craze

Parsing the Color Codes of Thailand

16 comments

  1. DaveO says:

    We went to East Atlanta today,a bohemian in-town area, but we didn’t see any pink cars. Stopped in on an Asian market, but no pink eggs either! I guess the Thai trend hasn’t made it to Atlanta yet!

  2. nitinsaboo says:

    Wait was it as easy to find as you makes it sound.. – all the pink color..? Otherwise there could be an information bias…But i also remember observing pink in Bangkok but certainly no food items! and not Eggs!

    • mishvo says:

      Hey Nitin! Haha that’s true about the information bias since I was indeed walking around taking pictures of things that were pink…but I wouldn’t have gotten the idea in the first place if pink weren’t such a prominent color around here. Thanks for reading by the way πŸ™‚

      • nitinsaboo says:

        Well that’s true (prevalence of pink color in prominence). I didnt doubt, I just wanted to double check. Well thanks for posting by the way πŸ™‚

  3. marlene says:

    I love pink. Especially the pink hat and little paper wipes. Everything would be rosier if we here had more pink. I adore you and your pictures and your writing.xo

    • mishvo says:

      Yeah the taxis are wild, aren’t they? The BACC honestly wasn’t that exciting. That mural was my favorite part, I think. That whole “center” of town wasn’t even that interesting – it was just so much more touristy than the area we’ve been living in (Ramkhamhaeng/Bang Kabi)

  4. potash says:

    Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of
    the images aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.

    • mishvo says:

      Hi! Thank you, Potash, for the heads up! I really appreciate it. They seem to work on both computers I have tried…hmmm I’m the opposite of computer savvy so I don’t know how to go about trying to fix it except to remove the pictures and put them back in again. I’ll try that when I get back on my home computer.

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